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THE UNMATED MALE
COURTSHIP AND DISPLAY
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appear August average Bearded Tit behaviour breeding season breeding-cycle breeding-season Bruce Campbell building certainly CHAPTER chased clutch of four clutch-completion clutch-size cock and hen days old deserted eggs completed June eggs laid Eliot Howard encroaching Ernest Mytum 99 feeding-rates fifth day four eggs completed Four young fledged G. J. Lawrence H. E. Andrews hatching hide incubation incubation-period instances intruding male July June 15th laying leave the nest Lesser Whitethroat male Reed-Warbler males and females Marsh-Warbler mated male material millimetres minutes moult nest-building normal North Cotes north Lincolnshire North Thoresby noted number of eggs observed occasionally original territory parent birds percentage period population probably reared recorded reed-bed Reed-Bunting Reed-Warbler's nest remain rival sacs second broods Sedge Sedge-Warbler sing sit the eggs sitting eggs song-posts species spells stage stripped swallowed three eggs unmated male usually vicinity Warbler warblings weather Whinchat Whitethroat wing Yellow Wagtail